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02/08/2018 09:22:46 AM · #1
I currently have a Nikon D300 and a Nikon D80. I am trying to decide if I should keep those cameras or buy a newer Nikon? My focus will mainly be on wildlife photography. Thanks for any help
02/08/2018 10:00:10 AM · #2
Given that wildlife is your focus, it would seem that an upgrade would be a big benefit; both of those models are approaching 10 years old. You'd see a huge improvement in both AF performance and the number of pixels you can put on a subject. Bear in mind that for the latter, you do need to have lenses that can benefit from the high pixel density.
02/08/2018 10:05:33 AM · #3
If you're willing to spend the money my D850 is great. Note though that with the cost of this comes the cost of new lenses. You'll be dishing out quite a sum to upgrade to your desired liking. I've put in a lot and I'm not even finished yet.

That's my $0.02

02/08/2018 12:57:40 PM · #4
Don't think you have to go with the D850, better go for a crop-sensor camera, like the D7200 or the D500. The D7200 might be available as an used camera if that's what you're looking for, the D500 model is quite new. If I had the money I would most likely prefer that D500.

Message edited by author 2018-02-08 13:02:18.
02/08/2018 01:34:30 PM · #5
Thanks for the replies. The D 500 is the one I had in mind
02/08/2018 01:51:39 PM · #6
Wildlife? Nikon? Of course D500 ^_^
02/08/2018 01:59:47 PM · #7
Devil's advocate:

What's wrong with the D300?

Here are some wildlife shots with D300 and a good lens

If something is not wrong with the camera, why change?
02/08/2018 02:34:53 PM · #8
I like the devils advocate idea as well. Iím no professional so I may just stick with it. My bank account would love that idea
02/08/2018 04:24:06 PM · #9
As someone who just replaced a somewhat persnickety D300 with a D500, I would say holding off is not a bad move.
Don't get me wrong, it is a great camera and I don't regret the purchase ... But They almost feel like the same camera - of course there are more focus points, frame rate and the AF engine are great improvements, but unless you are shooting professionally, it's not really necessary IMHO.
And FWIW the bluetooth image transfer is horribly slow to my phone, even when shooting in RAW + JPG. Maybe wait for a D500s? ;)
02/08/2018 10:04:46 PM · #10
I have a D300 and have been considering upgrading to the D500. I still think the D300 is very good camera, and unless you need the added features of a new camera, with a good lens you can take some excellent shots. May not me, but I have seen what others can do with this camera. If you do upgrade, perhaps you should keep the D300 as a second.
02/08/2018 11:18:12 PM · #11
Thanks for the replies. I think Iím just going to keep my D300 as well as the money in my bank account. Iím not a professional and this is just a hobby for me. Iím just going to go out and enjoy myself and start participating in some of the challenges.
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